"I've kind of come to the conclusion that what passes for realism in movies has nothing to do with reality and that my stuff is more realistic than that."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Charlie Kaufman on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Charlie Kaufman on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Charlie Kaufman on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Charlie Kaufman on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Charlie Kaufman on Walt Disney
"There's no way to approach anything in an objective way. We're completely subjective our view of the world is completely controlled by who we are as human beings, as men or women, by our age, our history, our profession, by the state of the world."
"If you create something that is asking for people to respond as they're going to respond, you have to allow them to respond as they're going to respond. Some of the people are going to be uninterested and some people are going to be mad for some reason, which is their business. That's just the way the world is."
"I think generally I'm kind of interested in subjective experience, what goes on inside someone's head, that being all they really know of the world."
"Directing is a more pragmatic experience, where you have to deal with the restrictions of time and money that force you to make certain decisions you don't have to make when you're writing."
"When I'm writing, I'm trying to immerse myself in the chaos of an emotional experience, rather than separate myself from it and look back at it from a distance with clarity and tell it as a story. Because that's how life is lived, you know?"
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